Humanity in action

Circular Head Christian School’s Caleb Berechree pictured with Gabi Hollows and Jacquie Petrusma MP at Parliament House in Hobart. Photos courtesy of The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Awards. Two locals are among 13 students across the state to be recognised for their compassion, integrity and kindness.

Caleb Berechree and Georgia Stokes, of Circular Head Christian School, were invited to a presentation ceremony for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award at Parliament House in Hobart on September 21.

The award is a national initiative of The Fred Hollows Foundation that acknowledges grade six students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by demonstrating humanitarian values towards others.

Caleb has been cutting and selling wood for two years and often donates part of his earnings to appeals like Operation Christmas Child. Caleb also selflessly assists his local community by mowing the access track to the beach and lawns of their neighbour’s homes, as well as helping out at the kids’ club.

Georgia was nominated for working at her school’s breakfast club every Monday morning and volunteering at the local Memory Lane Coffee Shop at Emmerton Park. She was also recognised for making and delivering gratitude cards to local police officers, nurses, doctors and SES volunteers.

Minister for Community Development Jacquie Petrusma and The Fred Hollows Foundation founding director Gabi Hollows presented students with their certificates.

Ms Petrusma said the award recognises wonderful acts of generosity and kindness.

“We need more young people like you to help make Tasmania, Australia and the world, a brighter place for everyone,” she said to the students.

Gabi Hollows said the award highlights the inspirational students making a positive difference in their communities.

“Fred would have been incredibly proud of the contribution these students are making to society and of the foundation for recognising and encouraging them to help others, no matter how big or small their actions.”

The Fred Hollows Humanity Award will return to Tasmania in 2019. To learn more about the award visit

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